IAM Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Canadian Labour Congress.
Ritchie was elected by members of the CLC Canadian Council, which consists of the top officers from all of the affiliated unions to the CLC. The Executive Committee, which meets at least four times a year, is responsible for the administration, affairs and activities of the CLC. The Executive Committee consists of the four CLC Executive officers and ten Vice Presidents – five from the five largest private sector union affiliates and five from the five largest public sector union affiliates.
Ritchie was one of two Vice Presidents elected by the members of the Canadian Council from the ranking officers of the national and international unions, which are not on the Executive Committee. “I’m pleased with this election,” said Ritchie. “It’s my job to ensure that the smaller affiliates have a voice. There was a perception that the smaller affiliates were shoved to the sidelines, but now they will be part of the decision-making process.”